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Future Conflict in the Pacific

Future Conflict in the Pacific

InFocus: Future Conflict in the Pacific


Over the past six months, China has increasingly sent large numbers of its People’s Liberation Army (PLA) tactical military aircraft into the air defense identification zone of Taiwan. Many of these incursions appear to be training events for large strike packages, which include nuclear-capable heavy bombers, sophisticated 4th and 5th generation strike-fighters, air superiority fighters and electronic warfare aircraft. Recently, China has included aerial refueling of these strike packages with its newest indigenously-produced Y-20 aerial refueling aircraft. To many China watchers, these training events appear to be rehearsals for an attack on Taiwan. In response, Taiwan has increased arms purchases from the U.S. and has begun training with U.S. Marine and special operations forces for defense against an amphibious assault by China.

Future Conflict in the Pacific

While the U.S. does not have a formal security alliance with Taiwan, it is a strong supporter and maintains commercial and military ties through the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979. China views U.S. relations with Taiwan as disruptive to the stability of the region and an affront to the sovereignty of China under its current “one China” policy.

China’s goal is to eventually control access to the Pacific, establish a global forward presence and exploit its access to other nations’ natural resources in order to supply its growing economy and population.

The U.S. understands the consequences of a potentially hostile hegemon controlling access to the Pacific – and with it, the supply chains on which the U.S. economy relies. The problem is that over the past three decades, the U.S. has outsourced a considerable amount of its industrial capacity to China. Only about 12% of consumer goods are now manufactured in the U.S., while roughly 45% of maritime imports are produced in China. This puts the U.S. on the horns of a dilemma. On one hand, the U.S. cannot allow China to control the Pacific. On the other, armed conflict with China in order to maintain a free and open Pacific would likely result in severe supply chain disruptions across the U.S. and Europe. In addition to the economic impact, if the U.S. demurs and allows China to seize Taiwan and threaten Japan and Australia, its security promises will be deemed worthless. If it attempts to stop China from seizing Taiwan or threatening its Pacific allies and it fails, then it proves unable to fulfill those same security promises. Either way, a significant and empire-ending event for the U.S. is a distinct possibility. And the first step in this unpalatable scenario begins on the beaches of Taiwan.

Potential Courses of Action

Most Dangerous Course of Action:

The most dangerous course of action is that China will coordinate a corps-level amphibious and airborne assault on Taiwan to occur simultaneously with a separate geopolitical crisis. Currently, Russia is massing forces on the border with Ukraine. U.S. intelligence agencies now estimate that Russia will launch an attack on Ukraine sometime in early 2022 with a 175,000-man combined arms army. With the U.S. and European Union distracted, or potentially bogged down in a conflict in Ukraine, China could exploit the chaos of that crisis to make a sudden surprise attack on Taiwan, followed by a quick occupation of the Senkaku islands. An additional joint operation with Russia to seize or threaten Japanese territory in the vicinity of Hokkaido and the Kuril Islands would put Japan between two much more powerful adversaries. This would give China near total control of the Pacific’s first island chain and facilitate its naval forces in future moves south or east in the Pacific. Should the U.S. respond militarily, China would likely attempt to use its long-range precision fires to destroy U.S. and allied naval forces which threatened its move on Taiwan. In addition to kinetic operations in the Pacific, China could leverage its influence with U.S. domestic protest movements such as Antifa, BLM, and other social justice groups to foment civil unrest in the U.S. in order to cause maximum chaos and potential disruption of the leadership decision cycle. China’s goal would be an overwhelming first strike on the Taiwanese military and government along with a crushing blow to U.S. and allied military forces responding in defense of Taiwan. Once consolidated on the island post-landing, expect China to deliver terms of surrender to the Taiwanese government. The idea being to avoid having to fight in the dense urban areas if at all possible. Once the seizure of Taiwan is complete, China and Russia could negotiate a new status quo in the region, even returning some captured Japanese territory as a concession.

PLA Marine Type-05 Amphibious Assault Vehicle

Most Likely Course of Action:

A second possible course of action would be for China to conduct what would essentially be a military demonstration by seizing Taiwan’s Pratas Island and Japan’s Senkaku islands with regimental-sized amphibious forces. While at the same time forward deploying additional military forces to the austere airfields and naval facilities recently constructed on China’s man-made islands in the Paracels and Spratlys. With Taiwan essentially surrounded, China could put in place a sea and air embargo and give Taiwan’s government terms for reunification. This could also be timed with any Russian actions against Ukraine, but this would not be necessary for success. In this scenario, China would be betting that the U.S. would not come to the aid of Taiwan and would seek a negotiated settlement … perhaps the return of the Senkaku islands to Japan in exchange for a free-hand in bringing Taiwan under China’s control. In this coercion-by-embargo scenario, China’s goal would be to publicly force the U.S. hand on Taiwan. Washington’s expected lack of military response would undermine and demoralize any Taiwanese ideas about resistance and lead Taiwan to accept a Chinese reunification proposal sprinkled with insincere guarantees of limited autonomy. This is the most likely course of action because it avoids all-out armed conflict in the Pacific and keeps commerce flowing between China and the West. Executing this COA within the next 12 months capitalizes on the diminished leadership in Washington and exploits the psychological impotence resulting from the U.S. military’s humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Least Likely Course of Action:

A third possible course of action would be for China to hold off on a kinetic option to capture Taiwan. Instead, China would continue building out its military forces with advanced technology and power projection capabilities (such as hypersonic weapons, aerial refueling platforms, and intermediate range ballistic missiles), while simultaneously using covert influence operations against the U.S. political leadership in Washington and the Taiwanese leadership in Taipei in order to facilitate a fait accompli against Taiwan. In this case, China would seek to convince the Taiwanese that no one would be coming to their aid and a negotiated settlement for reunification would be in their best interest – and eventually, through covert influence, getting U.S. leaders to publicly admit the same thing. It is the least dangerous for the U.S., but is also least likely. This is a “bird in the hand versus two in the bush” scenario, since it forfeits the present opportunity to repatriate Taiwan during a time of diminished U.S. leadership for a chance to achieve the same victory through soft power mechanisms at a later date. By delaying until a future date in order to develop and employ soft power influence operations, there is a chance that U.S. leadership might regain its footing with more competent leadership and a better led, organized, and equipped military. This would be an enormous gamble for China.

U.S. Response

The U.S. response to any Chinese move on Taiwan is likely to be what Secretary of Defense Austin called in a recent interview integrated deterrence. Integrated deterrence leads with diplomatic dialogue and pressure, backed up with the threat of military action. The concept of integrated deterrence looks good on paper and is certainly appropriate for a slow-moving potential conflict with a rational like-minded nation-state. Integrated deterrence is not as effective against a blitzkrieg-type kinetic threat by a nation-state that uses different calculations to determine its national interests. It works best when finely calibrated to an adversary’s interests and pain points and deployed well ahead of any potential armed conflict.

In the case of Taiwan, integrated deterrence would likely result in performative condemnation of China’s actions along with a new set of red lines in the Pacific focused on protecting Australia and Japan.

Should the U.S. decide to respond militarily, expect the forward deployment of additional carrier and amphibious task forces into the Pacific. Additional USAF and US Army units would likely be forward-deployed to Japan, Guam and Australia. From a military perspective, the timeline for deployment of additional forces is much longer than China’s timeline for an assault on Taiwan. Indications and warnings (I&W) of an impending amphibious and airborne operation against Taiwan would be sparse since many of China’s combat units and naval vessels are permanently stationed in close proximity to the Taiwan Straits. It is reasonable to conclude that the U.S may receive seven to ten days of I&W prior to the launch of an operation against Taiwan, whereas it would take double or even triple that to reposition significant additional forces in the Pacific.

Currently deployed forces would not be sufficient to counter a PLA corps-level amphibious and airborne assault on Taiwan. The likelihood of an attempt to dislodge PLA forces already dug in on Taiwan is minuscule owing to the probability of escalation and the improbability of success.

Simply put, the U.S. will not be able to counter China’s attack on Taiwan by reacting or waiting until the first PLA ships and planes cross the Taiwan straits. Instead, the U.S. would need to preposition forces in the Pacific in advance of I&W – something already ruled out in the recent DoD Global Posture Review. Additionally, with intelligence agencies forecasting a Russian attack on Ukraine in early 2022, the U.S. may choose to forego attempts to counter China in a near-term assault on Taiwan, and instead look to mitigate any further damage in the Pacific under a new status quo.

If the U.S. fails to halt China’s move on Taiwan, the result will be a reordering of the status quo and geopolitical alliances in the Pacific and potentially world-wide. After all, if the U.S. can brush away its security promises to Taiwan, who is to say they would not do the same to any other nation with which they have made similar promises?

In any scenario, the U.S. will likely begin to decouple its economy from China and near-shore its manufacturing, as is already happening in response to COVID-19 impacts. The U.S. will lead with various sanctions against China, most of which will focus on key national and business leaders, as well as inward-facing Chinese corporations, in an effort to reduce effects on the U.S. economy. The U.S. will also likely remove recently enacted regulatory restrictions on transportation and domestic oil and gas production in order to streamline supply chains and counter rising prices from renewed competition in the global market. Additionally, expect a significant change in leadership in the U.S. and a loss of international prestige as a result of the failure to protect national interests in the Pacific.


U.S. businesses can front-run this conflict by seeking new suppliers outside of Asia. Those with manufacturing concerns in China should seek alternate manufacturing means and locations in geographical areas not subject to Chinese control or manipulation. U.S. consumers should anticipate major disruptions in supply chains and build up at least 90 days’ worth of essential food and supplies.

Many automotive, HVAC, and technology components are manufactured in China, therefore it is advisable to have required maintenance or replacements completed prior to the commencement of hostilities in the Pacific. Taiwan produces 40% of the world’s high-end microchips. This means that a large portion of that market may be unavailable for an extended period of time. As we witnessed during the most recent microchip shortage, there was a significantly decreased availability of new automobiles, agricultural equipment and industrial machinery that relied on these chips – plan accordingly.

In the event of cyberattacks on U.S. critical infrastructure, have an alternate electrical power source and available cash for emergencies. If China executes the most dangerous course of action, expect increasing civil unrest across the country, but particularly in cities and areas along political seams (red/blue lines). Citizens and businesses should have a realistic security plan and be prepared to provide for their own self-defense.

This post was taken from the December 10th edition of the Forward Observer Early Warning Report and was written by Max Morton. I would strongly suggest you consider a subscription to the Early Warning Report because it will deliver invaluable information to your inbox five days a week. You can find them at

Tyranny is Coming… Ready or Not

Tyranny is Coming… Ready or Not

The following is from the Tucker Carlson show that aired on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.  I would strongly urge you to invest a sixth of an hour and watch this segment.  What Tucker predicts will probably soon happen… unless somebody does something.

Could that somebody be you?  I sure hope so.

Because we’re running out of time.

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Week 2, Day 1:  Nothing Can Separate You From the Love of God

Week 2, Day 1: Nothing Can Separate You From the Love of God

Nothing Can Separate You From the Love of God

Daily emails to my church (sent out the night before):

Dear Church,
As I shared with you on Sunday, this week we will look at five Scriptures that reveal the heart of the Father and His love for us. Since many struggle with their guilt and shame over sin and often have a difficult time believing God truly loves them, these truths from His Word should help our faith grow as we strive to live like Him.

The first of these five truths is this: There is nothing you can do, or have done, or will do, that will separate you from the love of God. Or, to put it another way, God wants you to know you are secure in His love. Period.

Let that sink in for a moment. All your past sins and failures, all your current disappointments and broken vows, and all the promises you made to Him today that you won’t keep tomorrow, everything you’ve ever done, or are doing, or will do to break His heart— God still loves you.

Consider the following for tomorrow:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? “For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us – Romans 8:35-38.

When you ask the Lord to make this passage real to you, to allow you to truly experience it in a life-changing way (which is His intention, I believe), look at it as a question and then a detailed answer that covers just about everything we can think of, and even some things we would probably never think of. First, the question: Who (or, what) shall, or can, or has the power or ability to separate (to sever, pull apart, divide) us from the love (agápē) of Christ? Or, what can make God stop loving me? What circumstances could prompt God to sever His love for me and cast me aside? Is there anything I could do to make Him so mad or ashamed or disappointed or disgusted with me that He would stop loving me?

Fair question. One that many of us have probably struggled with in the past. But note, this verse is not dealing with our love for Christ. It specifically speaks of His love for us. We are often fickle and non-committed. And He is steadfast, true, and faithful to the point of death. So who or what can separate us from the love of Christ? And in Greek, there is an implied answer in the construction of this phrase, which turns it into a statement. It is an assumed negative and could be written something like this: You know, there is nothing that can separate us from the love of Christ.

But just to make sure we understand the nothing part of this, we are given a list of some pretty horrible things, most of which we have never experienced. Famine, peril, nakedness, sword, etc. Yet, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Rom. 8:38). Notice the two key phrases in this verse. First, “all these things,” which also includes the lesser things not listed. And “more than conquerors” which means to “utterly defeat or overcome beyond the norm.” This is a relative term showing something greater or more grand than just being a conqueror. And that’s who you are promised to become because of Him.

I know this is long for a Monday morning, but when you pray about this passage, focus on the promises. One, nothing can separate you from the love of Christ. Two, and nothing means even the really bad stuff, like being homeless or refugees in your own country. And even if the bad stuff does come your way, three, you will be far more than just victorious in your trial. You will be “more than” whatever you can imagine. Not in yourself, but in or through the One who loved us, Christ Jesus our Lord. These are promises that should put a smile on your face.

One last thought, the key to living in this victory is found in the space between your ears. That’s right. It has to do with what you think or believe or reckon within yourself. Let’s look at the rest of the passage.

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord – Romans 8:38-39.

Today, when you pray, don’t get caught up in the “angels nor principalities nor powers” part of this verse. There is a time to study what all that means, but not for today. Instead, focus on what you can do. Look at the word, persuaded. “For I am persuaded that… something.” The word is peíthō and means “to be fully convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt, to be confident and assured.” That is what you are asking the Lord to grant you, the measure of faith necessary to be fully convinced without wavering that nothing is “able to separate us (you) from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:39), who, by the way, lives in you in the Person of the Holy Spirit.

Remember, victory comes when you finally settle in your mind what He says about His love for you is true. And only then, will you be more than conquerors when trials and tough times come to test your faith regarding His love.

I hope you have a wonderful day with the Lord and, if you are so inclined, tell someone what the Lord shows you today about His love. Be an encouragement to others who may be suffering from self-doubt.

Until He comes,


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Week 1, Day 1: If Any of You Lacks Wisdom… and Who Doesn’t?

Week 1, Day 1: If Any of You Lacks Wisdom… and Who Doesn’t?

If Any of You Lacks Wisdom… and Who Doesn’t?

Daily emails to my church (sent out the night before):

Dear Church,
It was great worshipping with you this Lord’s Day.  And I hope you are ready for an exciting week.

The verses we are going to be using to grow our faith this week are as follows:

Monday – James 1:5-8
Tuesday – 1 Corinthians 10:31
Wednesday – Matthew 6:33
Thursday – Matthew 6:14-15
Friday – Romans 12:18-19

Here is tomorrow’s verse:

If any of you lacks wisdom, (then) let him ask of God, (promise) who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But (condition) let him ask in faith, (meaning) with no doubting, (why) for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For (result) let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; (why) he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways – James 1:5-8.

I am looking forward to hearing how the Lord grows your faith through these five verses this week and how you put what He tells you into action.

Until He comes,


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Experiencing Daily Fellowship with God

Experiencing Daily Fellowship with God

How to Connect with God Each Day

In striving for the Higher Christian Life, we often find great encouragement in the writings of those who experienced what we are trying to understand and appropriate in our own lives.  One of these great men is Andrew Murray (1828-1917).  If you have any familiarity with the saints of the last century, Andrew Murray would be listed among others like Charles Spurgeon, Oswald Chambers, Dwight Moody, and Charles Finney.  He was a spiritual giant and preached the Higher Christian Life message from his pulpit and pen while ministering in South Africa.  Many of His books are and remain, classics.

Andrew Murray published over 240 books and tracts in his life.  Most of them are still in print today.  Some of the most important are:

•   Abide in Christ
•   Absolute Surrender
•   Holy in Christ
•   Humility:  The Beauty of Holiness
•   The Deeper Christian Life
•   The School of Obedience
•   The Spiritual Life
•   With Christ in the School of Prayer
•   And many others.

The reason I am sharing this bit of his bio with you is that in his writings, Andrew Murray clearly laid out for his readers the steps to experiencing God in a fuller sense, or as it was called back then, the Higher Christian Life.  One of his books, The Deeper Christian Life, begins with a chapter that reveals the great importance of daily fellowship with our Lord and how fellowship is the key to worship (and the Higher Christian Life).  I thought it would be beneficial to each of us to read and meditate on his words.

Below I have included the first chapter of Andrew Murray’s classic work, The Deeper Christian Life, for your encouragement and instruction.  This chapter is titled, Daily Fellowship with God.  Also, I have made just a few grammatical corrections in Murray’s text and have left the rest untouched.  So if you find his writing somewhat awkward to read, well, that’s what happens when a manuscript written in Dutch has been translated into English over a hundred years ago.

I pray this will be a blessing to you as you strive for more of Him and experience the Higher Christian Life.

Daily Fellowship with God

The first and chief need of our Christian life is fellowship with God.  The Divine life within us comes from God and is entirely dependent upon Him.  As I need every moment afresh the air to breathe, as the sun every moment afresh sends down its light, so it is only in direct living communication with God that my soul can be strong.

The manna of one day was corrupt when the next day came.  I must every day have fresh grace from heaven, and I obtain it only in direct waiting upon God Himself.  Begin each day by tarrying before God and letting Him touch you.  Take time to meet God.

To this end, let your first act in your devotion be a setting yourself still before God.  In prayer or worship, everything depends upon God taking the chief place.  I must bow quietly before Him in humble faith and adoration, speaking thus within my heart: “God is.  God is near.  God is love, longing to communicate Himself to me.  God the Almighty One, Who worketh all in all, is even now waiting to work in me, and make Himself known.”  Take time, till you know God is very near.

When you have given God His place of honor, glory, and power, take your place of deepest lowliness and seek to be filled with the Spirit of humility.  As a creature, it is your blessedness to be nothing, that God may be all in you.  As a sinner, you are not worthy to look up to God; bow in self-abasement.  As a saint, let God’s love overwhelm you and bow still lower down.  Sink down before Him in humility, meekness, patience, and surrender to His goodness and mercy.  He will exalt you.  Oh! Take time to get very low before God.

Then accept and value your place in Christ Jesus.  God delights in nothing but His beloved Son, and can be satisfied with nothing else in those who draw nigh to Him.  Enter deep into God’s holy presence in the boldness which the blood gives and in the assurance that in Christ you are most well-pleasing.  In Christ, you are within the veil.  You have access into the very heart and love of the Father.  This is the great object of fellowship with God, that I may have more of God in my life, and that God may see Christ formed in me.  Be silent before God and let Him bless you.

This Christ is a living Person.  He loves you with a personal love, and He looks every day for the personal response of your love.  Look into His face with trust, till His love really shines into your heart.  Make His heart glad by telling Him that you do love Him.  He offers Himself to you as a personal Saviour and Keeper from the power of sin.  Do not ask, can I be kept from sinning if I keep close to Him?  But ask, can I be kept from sinning if He always keeps close to me?  And you see at once how safe it is to trust Him.

We have not only Christ’s life in us as power and His presence with us as a person, but we have His likeness to be wrought into us.  He is to be formed in us so that His form or figure, His likeness, can be seen in us.  Bow before God until you get some sense of the greatness and blessedness of the work to be carried on by God in you this day.  Say to God, “Father, here am I for Thee to give as much in me of Christ’s likeness as I can receive.”  And wait to hear Him say, “My child, I give you as much of Christ as thy heart is open to receive.”  The God who revealed Jesus in the flesh and perfected Him will reveal Him in you and perfect you in Him.  The Father loves the Son and delights to work out His image and likeness in you.  Count upon it that this blessed work will be done in you as you wait on thy God and hold fellowship with Him.

The likeness to Christ consists chiefly in two things— the likeness of His death and His resurrection (Rom. 6:5).  The death of Christ was the consummation of His humility and obedience, the entire giving up of His life to God. In Him, we are dead to sin.  As we sink down in humility and dependence and entire surrender to God, the power of His death works in us, and we are made conformable to His death.  And so we know Him in the power of His resurrection, in the victory over sin, and all the joy and power of the risen life.  Therefore every morning, “present yourselves unto God as those that are alive from the dead.”  He will maintain the life He gave and bestow the grace to live as risen ones.

All this can only be in the power of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in you.  Count upon Him to glorify Christ in you.  Count upon Christ to increase in you the inflowing of His Spirit.  As you wait before God to realize His presence, remember that the Spirit is in you to reveal the things of God.  Seek in God’s presence to have the anointing of the Spirit of Christ so truly that your whole life may every moment be spiritual.

As you meditate on this wondrous salvation and seek full fellowship with the great and holy God, and wait on Him to reveal Christ in you, you will feel how needful the giving up of all is to receive Him.  Seek grace to know what it means to live as wholly for God as Christ did.  Only the Holy Spirit Himself can teach you what an entire yielding of the whole life to God can mean.  Wait on God to show you in this what you do not know.  Let every approach to God and every request for fellowship with Him be accompanied by a new, very definite, and entire surrender to Him to work in you.

“By faith” must here, as through all Scripture, and all the spiritual life, be the keynote.  As you tarry before God, let it be in a deep quiet faith in Him, the Invisible One, who is so near, so holy, so mighty, so loving.  In a deep, restful faith too, that all the blessings and powers of the heavenly life are around you, and in you.  Just yield yourself in the faith of a perfect trust to the Ever Blessed Holy Trinity to work out all God’s purpose in you.  Begin each day thus in fellowship with God, and God will be all in all to you.

Note:  This is the first chapter in Andrew Murray’s book, The Deeper Christian Life, published in 1895.

The Prayer of Full Surrender

The Prayer of Full Surrender

The following is a message given by Dr. Walter L. Wilson (1881-1969) at the Canadian Keswick Conference about his experience with the Higher Christian Life.  This message was reprinted in the October 1936 issue of “The Evangelical Christian” and also in the tract, “The Secret of Soul Winning.”  The name of the article is “Whose Body is Yours?” and provides a wonderful glimpse into the process the Spirit took Dr. Wilson through to discover the Higher Christian Life and his prayer of full surrender.

Enjoy and be blessed and encouraged in your own search for the Higher Christian life.

“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”
John 14:16-17

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
Romans 12:1

Because there exists in these days a great desire in the heart for, and a confusion in the mind concerning the Spirit-filled life, or the path of consecration, it may help to clear this matter if I tell you of my own experience with the Lord, the Spirit.

It was my privilege to be raised among a group of believers who were quite orthodox in their teaching, and quite earnest in studying the Word.  It was among these that I first trusted the Lord Jesus in December 1896.  He saved me and changed my life.  Immediately the Word of God became my constant companion.  I loved it, studied it, preached it, and gave away tracts in large quantities.  No apparent success followed my labors, and much energy produced little fruit.  This failure disturbed me greatly, but I assured myself and was assured by others that we were not to look for results but only to be busy at seed sowing.

Who is the Holy Spirit to You?

In 1913 the Lord sent to my home a godly man who had been serving the Lord in France.  He said to me, “What is the Holy Spirit to you?”

I replied, “He is one of the Persons of the Godhead.”
“Yes,” he said, “that is who He is, but I asked you what is He to you?”
I answered this question by saying, “He is a Teacher, a Guide; He is the third Person of the Trinity.”

My friend corrected me, saying, “He is the first two, but He is not the last that you mentioned.  To call Him the third Person is to give Him a place of insignificance and inferiority, which He should not have.  He is just as great, just as precious, just as needful as the other two Persons of the Trinity.  But still, you have not answered my question, ‘What is He to you?'”

I now saw the point Mr. Levermore was trying to make with me and answered truthfully, “He is nothing to me.  I have no contact with Him, no personal relationship, and could get along quite well without Him.”

This fact and truth surprised my own heart.  I knew it was true and yet dreaded the fact that it was true.  My friend at once remarked, “It is because of this that your life is so fruitless even though your efforts are so great. If you will seek to personally know the Holy Spirit, He will transform your life. Read John 14:16and 17, and see whether you do really know Him, the Spirit, and if you find you do not, then come to Him immediately in faith and make Him the Lord of your life.”

I was afraid to do as this brother suggested because for years I had been taught by those who ministered the Word in my circles that the believer can have nothing personally to do with the Spirit. God worked by, and with, His Spirit, but we should have no contact with Him whatever.  I was told from the platform that if anyone yielded himself to the Spirit, that one was a heretic to be avoided.  Because of the years of this training, three obstacles loomed large before me to prevent me from taking the Holy Spirit for myself.  The first was my fear of becoming a religious fanatic; the second was a fear of giving Christ an inferior place and thus hurting His heart.  I did not know that there was no jealously in the Godhead; the third was that I should be giving to the Holy Spirit a position and place that should be occupied only by Christ.

These doubts and questions I made known to my Christian teacher.  He was a wise man of God, and revealed to me from the Scriptures that only by the Spirit would Christ be made know to me and the beauties of Christ be revealed to my heart.  He assured me that if the Spirit had all His own way in my soul, He would do freely what He came to do—reveal the Scriptures, exalt the Saviour, magnify the Father, give power in service and victory in the battle with Satan.  This encouraged me to study those passages which told of the privilege of the believer in receiving the Holy Spirit.

The preacher left the city before I had made a decision in my soul.  Shortly thereafter, that blessed man of God, the late Dr. James Gray, came to our city, and one evening expounded Romans 12:1.  Leaning over the pulpit, he said, “Have you noticed that this verse does not tell us to whom we should give our bodies?  It is not the Lord Jesus who asks for it. He has His own body.  It is not the Father who asks for it—He remains upon His throne.  Another has come to earth without a body.  God could have made a body for Him as He did for Jesus, but He did not do so.  God gives you the privilege and the indescribable honor of presenting your bodies to the Holy Spirit, to be His dwelling place on earth.  If you have been washed in the blood of the Lamb, then yours is a holy body, washed whiter than snow, and will be accepted by the Spirit when you give it.  Will you do so now?”

Mr. Baker was sitting beside me at this service and he was in deep meditation, as I was.  We said little as we went home together, for he was living with me.  He went at once to his room, while I went to my study.  There I lay upon the carpet, prostrate in God’s presence, heart-broken over a fruitless life, yet filled with a great hope because of the words I had heard from a teacher in whom I had all confidence.

The Prayer of Full Surrender

There in the quiet of that late hour, I said to the Holy Spirit,

“My Lord, I have mistreated You all my Christian life.  I have treated You like a servant.  When I wanted You, I called for You.  When I was about to engage in some work, I beckoned You to come and help me perform my task.  I have kept You in the place of a servant.  I have sought to use You only as a willing servant to help me in my self-appointed and chosen work.

I shall do so no more.

Just now, I give You this body of mine; from my head to my feet, I give it to You.  I give You my hands, my limbs, my eyes and lips, my brain.  All that I am within and without, I hand over to You for You to live in it the life that You please.  You may send this body to Africa, or lay it on a bed with cancer.  You may blind the eyes, or send me with Your message to Tibet.  You may take this body to the Eskimos or sent it to a hospital with pneumonia.  It is Your body from this moment on.  Help Yourself to it.

Thank You, my Lord; I believe You have accepted it for in Romans 12:1, You said ‘acceptable unto God.’  Thank You again, my Lord, for taking me.  We now belong to each other.”

The Results of a Prayer of Full Surrender

During the night, I had seen the light burning in the room of my father-in-law, so in the morning, when he came to breakfast I said, “It is too bad you were ill during the night, father.  Why did you not call me?”  He replied, “I was not sick last night, but all night long, I sought to get to the Lord and to give my body to the Holy Spirit.  I was unable to do so because business kept intruding.  Tents, camp furniture, flags, advertising, factory problems—all pressed upon my mind and demanded my attention.  It was four-thirty this morning before I could really get to the Lord.  Then I did give this body to the Holy Spirit and accepted Him as the Lord of my service.  At five o’clock, I retired.  You go down Walter, and open the mail and get the work started, for I am going to a luggage shop to buy a traveling bag.  Since I have given my body to the Spirit and He has accepted it, I know He will have work for me to do, and I want to be ready to go.”

At the luggage shop, Mr. Baker was waited on by a young lady.  As he told her of his need, she said, “Are you the Mr. Baker of the awning shop?” ” Yes,” he replied.  Immediately her face flushed, and she was choked with emotions.  She told how just a few weeks before her mother had died and on her deathbed had requested the daughter to find Mr. Baker and ask him to lead her to the Lord Jesus, as she herself had been led by this same friend some years before.  Thus, before he arrived at the office, the Holy Spirit had proved His acceptance of that servant by giving him this soul the first thing in the morning.

As I left home that morning, I said to my wife, “Lover, this is to be a wonderful day with me, for I gave my body to the Holy Spirit last evening.  I have quit asking Him to help me do things and shall today see Him as Lord of my life, doing things through me.  I will call you up and let you know what happens.”

About ten o’clock, two young ladies entered my office, selling advertising.  They had often called for that purpose before, and I had given them some large contracts.  Never had I spoken to them about the Lord Jesus.  My lips had been my own and I used them for business purposes.  Now, however, these lips had been given away, and the Holy Spirit made use of them at once.  “Are you girls bad enough to be lost?” I said.  The older one answered immediately that she was and had been sitting up the previous night until two in the morning reading her Bible and seeking the Lord.  It was only a short way to Calvary for this girl.  She soon met the Saviour and found peace in her soul.  The younger sister was not so easily led.  She said, “You must think I am a very bad girl,” upon which I handed her my Bible, open at Romans 3, and requested her to read the chapter, verses 9 to 19, and see what God said about her.  She denied that this passage referred to her at all and would not accept it.  I handed her my scissors and requested that she cut it out of the Book in order that I might not have an untrue statement in my Bible.  This she refused to do, saying that her mother had taught her that all the Bible was true.  This part, she said, referred to someone else, but not to her.  From this passage, I turned her to Mark, chapter 7, and had her read verses 20 to 23.  In this portion, she admitted that the last two items did refer to her, but certainly the other items were not true in her life.  We next turned to Matthew 13 and read the story of the wheat and the tares.  As we read the explanation, verses 37 to 43, the tears fell from her eyes as she acknowledged that she was like the tares.  She was quite like a Christian, but knew in her heart that she did not have the life of Christ.  Having thus admitted that she was a hypocrite and lost, she too, like her sister, trusted in Christ Jesus.

The gracious Spirit of God, having obtained the mastery and control of these lips and eyes and brain, began at once to use them.  These two precious souls were the first fruits of this “life more abundant.”  After the two sisters had gone, I called on the telephone to tell my companion of the great honor given me and the blessed assurance granted that the Holy Spirit had accepted my body for His own purposes.

Since that eventful time, He has proved in a multitude of ways His authority and His power, His wisdom and His knowledge in bringing about many such miracles, showing Himself to be indeed the Leader of the life, the Lord of the harvest.  I entreat each of you to go directly to the Holy Spirit Himself, give Him your body, and then look to Him constantly to do what He wants with that body for the glory and the honor of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Note:  As you begin to hunger for more of Him and find yourself not knowing how to present yourself in full surrender to the Spirit, I would suggest you use Dr. Wilson’s prayer as a model. Getting all the words right is not the point. But the condition of your heart is. Simply surrender your body to the Holy Spirit (Romans 12:1), giving Him full possession by virtue of your full surrender, and He will begin a work in you that is beyond description.


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